MRV Associates has been providing consulting and training services on the Basel regulatory frameworks since 2003. She has worked with private sector and bank regulators in 25 countries on identifying Basel III needs and training professionals in the auditing, compliance, risk management, financial regulatory, and IT fields.
Are Cries to Break Up the Big Banks about Reform or Revenge?
March 19, 2013
Lately, the “too big to fail” debate has intensified as if only now has an urgent need to find a scapegoat to slaughter emerged. Certainly, the numerous scandals and examples of gross mismanagement at financial institutions invite criticism and derision.
It is critical to have an intelligent and in-depth discussion about whether the top 12 U.S. banks, which make up 70% of all banking assets benefit from government subsidies and bailouts…more
Bank OpRisk Ignored More than a Bridesmaid
February 22, 2013
Banks and the financial regulatory world have changed significantly since I started consulting and training on the Basel accords ten years ago. Unfortunately, the neglect of operational risk remains the same…more
We’re a Long Way from Bedford Falls Banking
January 24, 2013
A recent BankThink post bemoans the one-size-fits-all application of Basel III. But the reason capital rules have become so sweeping is because banks have become bigger, more complex and more connected to the global economy, writes Mayra Rodríguez Valladares…more
You Call that Liquidity? New Basel III Liquidity Rules Ineffectual
January 7, 2013
How do you get 27 countries with different cultures and political systems, often at different points of the credit cycle, to agree on a reform plan for the global financial system?
Answer: By watering it down…more
Throwing out the Basel III Baby Out with the Bath Water
November 14, 2012
As a “Bring down Basel III” media chorus grows louder, it’s important to fully understand any regulatory framework changes and remember that no system is perfect, industry consultant Mayra Rodriguez Valladares said.
Basel III rules, the tighter restrictions on derivatives and capital requirements adopted earlier this year by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, are a “very useful tool to…more
Basel III – Delaying Rules a Bad Idea for US Banks
August 9, 2012
U.S. banking regulators’ decision to extend the comment period on proposed tighter capital rules for U.S. banks only serves to delay much-needed improvements in risk management for the largest financial institutions, industry consultant Mayra Rodriguez Valladares said.On August 8, amid pressure from Republican lawmakers and bank lobbyists, the Federal Reserve and two other U.S. bank regulators…more
Basel III and Cleared Derivatives: The Bark was Worse than the Bite
August 3, 2012
While banks may grouse over stricter derivatives rules recently recommended by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, bank risk managers should focus on the potential upside of new regulation, industry consultant Mayra RodrÃguez Valladares said.
Measures known as Basel III, which the committee adopted in June, likely will force banks to migrate more over-the-counter derivatives positions…more
Auditors Play Key Role in Basel III
July 23, 2012
Capital standards for global banks recently recommended by Basel Committee on Banking Supervision are important, but it’s important to remember that these reform efforts are not about managing by numbers.
The reform measures known as Basel III, which the committee adopted in June, are aimed at giving banks guidance on how they can improve their corporate governance, industry consultant Mayra…more
US Basel III Rules: Who will be Impacted and How?
June 19, 2012
In a long awaited move, the Federal Reserve voted unanimously on June 7, 2012 to adopt several Basel III rules in the United States. The public now has until September 7, 2012 to provide comment. In this first piece in a series, Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, explores the implications of how Basel III will impact US banks and their counterparties and customers…more
The condition of Chinese banks should matter to global market participants, not only because they exemplify the health of the Chinese economy, now so intertwined with the rest of the world, but also because the Federal Reserve is just beginning to allow Chinese banks to expand into the US. On May 8th, the Federal Reserve approved the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s purchase of an 80%…more
Brazilian Banks Set to Meet Basel III Ahead of Schedule
April 5, 2012
Joining Canadian and Chinese financial regulators, Brazilian bank regulators have announced that their banks will start implementing Basel III in 2013, much earlier than the global deadline. Even before implementation starts, Brazilian banks and investors are already being impacted. In an attempt to meet the 2013 Brazilian deadline, banks have begun to issue securities. In January, for example,…more
Basel III: Can it be Implemented in Emerging Markets?
March 14, 2012
Banks in emerging markets are increasingly important to Australian, European, and US investors. Furthermore, identifying and monitoring the financial health of emerging market banks is important not only to understand the level of credit exposure that developed market investors might have, but also as a gage of emerging markets’ country, sovereign, and economic risk.
A key metric of a bank’s…more